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hos·til·i·ty

 (hŏ-stĭl′ĭ-tē)
n. pl. hos·til·i·ties
1. The state of being hostile; antagonism or enmity. See Synonyms at enmity.
2.
a. A hostile act.
b. hostilities Acts of war; overt warfare.

hostility

(hɒˈstɪlɪtɪ)
n, pl -ties
1. enmity or antagonism
2. an act expressing enmity or opposition
3. (Military) (plural) fighting; warfare

hos•til•i•ty

(hɒˈstɪl ɪ ti)

n., pl. -ties.
1. a hostile state or attitude.
2. a hostile act.
3. opposition or resistance to an idea, plan, etc.
4. hostilities,
a. acts of warfare.
b. war.
[1375–1425; < Latin]

hostility

1. a feeling or state of antagonism.
2. an expression or act of war. — hostile, adj.
See also: War
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.hostility - a hostile (very unfriendly) disposition; "he could not conceal his hostility"
unfriendliness - an unfriendly disposition
virulence, virulency - extreme hostility; "the virulence of the malicious old man"
2.hostility - a state of deep-seated ill-willhostility - a state of deep-seated ill-will  
state - the way something is with respect to its main attributes; "the current state of knowledge"; "his state of health"; "in a weak financial state"
latent hostility, tension - feelings of hostility that are not manifest; "he could sense her latent hostility to him"; "the diplomats' first concern was to reduce international tensions"
state of war, war - a legal state created by a declaration of war and ended by official declaration during which the international rules of war apply; "war was declared in November but actual fighting did not begin until the following spring"
cold war - a state of political hostility between countries using means short of armed warfare
suspicion - the state of being suspected; "he tried to shield me from suspicion"
3.hostility - the feeling of a hostile personhostility - the feeling of a hostile person; "he could no longer contain his hostility"
hate, hatred - the emotion of intense dislike; a feeling of dislike so strong that it demands action
animosity, animus, bad blood - a feeling of ill will arousing active hostility
class feeling - feelings of envy and resentment of one social or economic class for toward another
antagonism - an actively expressed feeling of dislike and hostility
aggression, aggressiveness - a feeling of hostility that arouses thoughts of attack
belligerence, belligerency - hostile or warlike attitude or nature
bitterness, rancor, rancour, resentment, gall - a feeling of deep and bitter anger and ill-will
4.hostility - violent action that is hostile and usually unprovokedhostility - violent action that is hostile and usually unprovoked
action - something done (usually as opposed to something said); "there were stories of murders and other unnatural actions"
meat grinder - any action resulting in injury or destruction; "the meat grinder of politics destroyed his reputation"; "allied forces crumbled before the Wehrmacht meat grinder"
violence, force - an act of aggression (as one against a person who resists); "he may accomplish by craft in the long run what he cannot do by force and violence in the short one"
pillaging, plundering, pillage - the act of stealing valuable things from a place; "the plundering of the Parthenon"; "his plundering of the great authors"

hostility

noun
2. opposition, resentment, antipathy, aversion, antagonism, ill feeling, bad blood, ill-will, animus hostility among traditionalists to this method of teaching history
opposition agreement, approval
plural noun
1. warfare, war, fighting, conflict, combat, armed conflict, state of war Military chiefs agreed to cease hostilities throughout the country.
warfare peace, alliance, treaty, ceasefire, truce

hostility

noun
2. Deep-seated hatred, as between longtime opponents or rivals:
4. A state of open, prolonged fighting.Used in plural:
Translations
عَداوَه، عِداء
nepřátelství
fjendtlighed
FeindschaftHostilität
ellenséges viszony
fjandskapur
sovražnost
düşmanlık

hostility

[hɒsˈtɪlɪtɪ] N
1. (= animosity) → hostilidad f
2. hostilities (Mil) → hostilidades fpl
to cease/resume hostilitiescesar/reanudar las hostilidades

hostility

[hɒˈstɪlɪti] nhostilité f

hostility

n
Feindseligkeit f; (between people) → Feindschaft f; to show hostility to somebodysich jdm gegenüber feindselig verhalten; to show hostility to somethingeiner Sache (dat)feindlich gegenüberstehen; feelings of hostilityfeindselige Gefühle pl; he feels no hostility toward(s) anybodyer ist niemandem feindlich gesinnt; there is some hostility among them to the ideasie sind teilweise gegen den Gedanken; hostility to foreignersAusländerfeindlichkeit f
hostilities pl (= warfare)Feindseligkeiten pl

hostility

[hɒsˈtɪlɪtɪ] nostilità f inv

hostile

(ˈhostail) adjective
1. unfriendly; warlike. hostile tribesmen.
2. belonging to an enemy. a hostile army.
3. showing dislike or opposition to something. a hostile attitude.
hoˈstilities (-ˈsti-) noun plural
acts of war; battles. The two countries were engaged in hostilities.
hoˈstility (-ˈsti-) noun
unfriendliness; opposition.

hostility

n. hostilidad, agravio, animosidad.

hostility

n hostilidad f
References in classic literature ?
The sun had already disappeared, and the woods, suddenly deprived of his light*, were assuming a dusky hue, which keenly reminded him that the hour the savage usually chose for his most barbarous and remorseless acts of vengeance or hostility, was speedily drawing near.
For what end," thought she, giving vent to that feeling of hostility which is the only real abasement of the poor in presence of the rich,--"for what good end, in the wisdom of Providence, does that woman live?
Hatred, by a gradual and quiet process, will even be transformed to love, unless the change be impeded by a continually new irritation of the original feeling of hostility.
How being an anointed pilot-prophet, or speaker of true things, and bidden by the Lord to sound those unwelcome truths in the ears of a wicked nineveh, jonah, appalled at the hostility he should raise, fled from his mission, and sought to escape his duty and his God by taking ship at Joppa.
This did not mean hostility, but only an armed neutrality.
Without one overt act of hostility, one upbraiding word, he contrived to impress me momently with the conviction that I was put beyond the pale of his favour.
Catherine usually sat by me, but to-day she stole nearer to Hareton; and I presently saw she would have no more discretion in her friendship than she had in her hostility.
George (if he is still a bachelor) for his undisturbed choice of a lady -- time gained, for her own security, by the object of his choice, who might otherwise be the first object of your wife's suspicion and your wife's hostility.
and what peace can we return, But to our power hostility and hate, Untam'd reluctance, and revenge though slow, Yet ever plotting how the Conquerour least May reap his conquest, and may least rejoyce In doing what we most in suffering feel?
But they evinced not the timidity of the scared flock there were dark brows of defiance, and looks which menaced the hostility they dared not to proffer in words.
He looked at her, and her countenance confirmed the hostility of her tone.
He did not feel any hostility in her; far from it: the distressed affection shining in her eyes told him that.